Dimming of the Day

Linda Thompson, Richard Thompson, Jack Brymer, Pat Donaldson

About Dimming of the Day

"Dimming of the Day" is a song written by Richard Thompson and performed with his then-wife Linda Thompson on their 1975 album Pour Down Like Silver. It has been covered by the Irish band the Corrs for their Irish-themed fifth studio album Home. Other notable covers include those by Bonnie Raitt, Mary Black, Emmylou Harris, Alfie Boe and the Blind Boys of Alabama. It was also featured, performed by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, in John Sayles' 1999 film Limbo, being notable as marking an important story beat. Another important cover is by Alfie Boe, from his album ’Trust’, featuring Shawn Colvin. The song was also covered by Pink Floyd's David Gilmour in 2002 at his semi-acoustic shows in London's Royal Festival Hall; it was released on his David Gilmour in Concert DVD where he introduced the song as "this one's got nothing what-so-ever to do with me but I like it. It's by Richard Thompson and it's called Dimming of the Day." The Dutch musician Gerard van Maasakkers recorded a version with a text in Brabantine, a Dutch dialect, As 't Dalijk Donker is (on his CD Zicht, 2006). Tom Jones performed the song in a concert broadcast by BBC4 and also on his 2012 album Spirit in the Room. Another version is by Alison Krauss & Union Station on their album Paper Airplane. A new duet version is on the debut album of singer-actress Anastasia Barzee, and the album takes the name of this song. 


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This old house is falling down around my ears
I'm drowning in a river of my tears
When all my will is gone you hold me sway
I need you at the dimming of the day

You pull me like the moon pulls on the tide
You know just where I keep my better side

What days have come to keep us far apart
A broken promise or a broken heart
Now all the bonnie birds have wheeled away
I need you at the dimming of the day

Come the night you're only what I want
Come the night you could be my confidant

I see you on the street in company
Why don't you come and ease your mind with me
I'm living for the night we steal away
I need you at the dimming of the day
I need you at the dimming of the day

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Richard Thompson

Richard John Thompson OBE (born 3 April 1949, Notting Hill, London) is a British songwriter, guitarist and recording and performing musician. Highly regarded for his guitar techniques and strange, darkly-funny lyrics, Thompson was awarded the Orville H. Gibson award for best acoustic guitar player in 1991. Similarly, his songwriting has earned him an Ivor Novello Award and, in 2006, a lifetime achievement award from BBC Radio. Artists who have recorded Thompson's compositions include such diverse talents as Robert Plant, Del McCoury, R.E.M., Bonnie Raitt, Christy Moore, David Gilmour, Mary Black, Elvis Costello, Marshall Crenshaw, The Corrs, Sandy Denny, June Tabor, Joel Fafard, Maria McKee, Shawn Colvin, Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy, Nanci Griffith, Graham … more »

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